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Connect an old PC Joystick to the Vectrex?!

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Hi everybody. I'd like to modify an old IBM PC Flightstick (My Logitech Wingman extreme with 4 buttons) to work with the Vectrex. I hope to have a good Star Wars (Vecfever) experience with it. Old IBM PC Joysticks are nothing more than two potentiometers of 100k. Any ideas how to make the potentiometers compatible? To my surprise, i have not found anything about this anywhere on the net.
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If the potentiometer values don’t match, it won’t work correctly. There’s no way to change resistance; at least, as far as I know. 

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On 6/29/2021 at 9:08 AM, bluejay said:

If the potentiometer values don’t match, it won’t work correctly. There’s no way to change resistance; at least, as far as I know. 

Oh yes, it works perfectly! Some nice people at "Vectrex Fans Unite" (Facebook) gave good hints. All you have to do is to substitute the two resistors and the two trimmer pots of the original vectrex circuit by four 10K resistors. I also painted a little circuit diagram. Near Arcade feeling for games like Atari Star Wars, Red Baron, Tailgunner etc... Really strange that nobody seemed to have published something like this in the last 40 years. 🙂 

 

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The Logitech Wingman Extreme was very easy to modify for Vectrex. It also has 4 buttons. Should work with most analog Joysticks from the 80s and early 90s.

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